Blog posts

September 2019 - Industrial Nature Sculpture
August 2019 - Abstract Mixed Media
June 2019 - Paper Tube Sculpture
April 2019 - Rock Painting Extravaganza
January 2019 - Mini Shelf Pole
November 2018 - Painted Gourd
October 2018 - Matryoshka Doll Wall Hanging
September 2018 - Garden Pole
August 2018 - Mosaic Garden Sphere
June 2018 - Rock Houses
January 2018 - Art Can Happen Anywhere
November 2017 - Negative Space Painting
August 2017 - Altered Books
May 2017 - Annoying Cat
March 2017 - Costumes and Props
February 2017 - T-shirt Mania
January 2017 - 52 Week Illustration Challenge
December 2016 - Wonder Woman Fleece Hat
September 2016 - Lonely Chair Stop Motion
August 2016 - Sponging Rocks
May 2016 - Creating art with kids
April 2016 - Pew pew pew
March 2016 - Garage Band
Febraury 2016 - Stikbots Videos
January 2016 - Cross stitching zombies
December 2015 - Monster Mobile
November 2015 - The Reversible Seal Hat
October 2015 - Hallowe'en Maker Month
May 2015 - Avatar, Harry Potter and Shopkins

May 2015 : Avatar, Harry Potter and Shopkins

Kids move a mile in minute with their interests. They latch on to whatever interests them and focus on it until something else comes along to supersede it.

That was the Shopkins craze at school. The ridiculously overpriced tiny rubber characters based on shopping items like food, cosmetics, accessories and all things girlie. That's fine and dandy but I knew it wouldn't last with my kids. It did make for a fun creative exercise for us all by designing our own shopkins and then creating them in polymer clay. The kids gave me sketches and I did my best to make them a reality. They even created names and character traits for them.

They did, unfortunately not have the longevity that the real rubber shopkins have and did not stand up to their playing quite as well.

Alas, it was a fun exercise, and it got me working again with polymer clay, something I hadn't done since last year during their Avatar : The Last Airbender craze. Other polymer clay items I have made for my kids imagination play have included Harry Potter, the Spice Girls and No Face.

It is a great medium to work in and perfect for creating figurines for imaginary play for characters who otherwise don't have a line of toys. Not every kid likes Star Wars and Barbie.